John G. West Political Scientist and Cultural Critic

New Report Exposes Sham of Academic Freedom at Baylor University

Published at Evolution News
Today’s edition of the student newspaper at Baylor University carries a devastating investigative report exposing new details of the university’s shameful treatment of pro-ID engineering professor Robert Marks. Anyone who thinks Baylor science faculty have academic freedom to research and write about ID should read this article, which provides extensive documentation of the lengths to which some Baylor administrators will go to censor and shut down open discussion and research about intelligent design. From reading the article, it appears that the intolerance of pro-ID faculty comes from the very top of the institution. This account makes a mockery of Baylor’s own Faculty Handbook, which promises faculty that
1. Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results …
Given the heavy-handed efforts by Baylor administrators to stamp out any expression of dissent from Darwinian orthodoxy by Prof. Marks, perhaps Baylor’s Faculty Handbook should be rewritten thus:
1. Teachers at Baylor University should expect academic censorship and persecution in research and in the publication of results, especially if their research in any way questions the dogmas of Darwinian evolution. Teachers who persist in wanting academic freedom in their research should consider looking for another job.
Message to Baylor alumni: Does this crusade to suppress Prof. Marks’ research make you proud of your university? If not, what are you doing about it? Every dollar you donate to Baylor helps to enable the continued persecution of Prof. Marks.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
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